Sal's soothes grumbling hunger tubs with its eclectic entourage of edibles, including pizza, specialty pies, calzones, seafood, and other Italian favorites. Anchor incisors on the buffalo-chicken pizza's mozzarella shores ($16/small, $18/large), or tune taste knobs to the egg-battered frequencies of the eggplant parmigiana, which dons a jaunty dressing of mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce ($13.50). Patrons of the noodled arts can commission a meal from Sal's pasta offerings, and garden grubbers can slip into some serious leafage with a bevy of salad selections.
The dough halo hovers in the air, free-for a split second-from gravity's machinations. This airborne moment is short-lived, and the circlet plummets back into the hands of the New York Pizza Company chef, who repeats the up-and-down cycle until he deems the dough ready to be festooned with toppings. Masters of the well-made pie, New York Pizza Company's chefs pride themselves in their hand-tossed dough and the fresh toppings-such as ricotta, roma tomatoes, and barbecue chicken-that dapple their surfaces. Once a pizza has been assembled, the chefs slip it into the kitchen's brick oven where off-duty suns imbue it with a golden, toasty patina. Along with their signature pies, the chefs also whip up hot and cold subs, calzones, pastas, and soups.
Frankie & Augie'z tempts taste buds with its Italian pastas, soups, and seafood on the regular dining-room side, and makes mouths water with its array of bubbly, cheesy pizzas on the more casual pizzeria side. Plates of succulent broiled salmon, tender veal, and plump cheese-stuffed tortellini rest upon cloth-covered tables in the dining-room side. On the pizzeria side, traditional New York–style or brick-oven-style pizzas, which rebel against convention by wearing their sauce on top of their cheese layer and getting tattoos, top café tables sans cloths.
Owner Vincent Gaudio whips up tasty Italian recipes in his eponymous family restaurant. He crafts authentic dishes, such as sea scallops served with gnocchi, and more than 22 different pasta dishes that incorporate escarole, sautéed eggplant, and PEI mussels.
The menu at Jerry’s Brick Oven Pizza reads more like a roster of Italy’s most revered dishes. Of course, the flames from a brick oven graze the bottom of pizzas topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers, onions, tomatoes, or fresh garlic. But the selection also includes minestrone soup, chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, calzones, and homemade manicotti. The staff even pipes cream into fresh cannolis, providing a sweet finish to any entrée.
Italian-born Isi Albanese tops Neapolitan and Brooklyn-style extra thin pizzas with homemade and 100% Grande mozzarella cheese inside his Zagat-rated eatery. Families can twirl noodles from dishes such as pasta fresca, linguini with clam sauce, and penne a la vodka on their forks or fingers and spoon house-made gelato during live, weekly entertainment shows and trips to the arcade room.